Outdoor Activities

Enjoy a beautiful day outside with your kids! Check out all of these outdoor activities in your area and see what peaks your interest, then click on the category heading and you will be taken to a full list of local options. We have all the details about locations! Many have photographs and more information to help you decide where to go and what your kids will be interested in depending on their age and interests.

All of these lists were made by local moms for local parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Do you have an idea for a topic that hasn’t been covered or a spot that you’ve been enjoying? Comment below and let us know!

If you are looking for other resources, visit our Resources for Families page, buy half-price tickets to great local attractions and shows on our Half-Price Ticket page, and peruse our Indoor Activities page.

An Insider’s Guide to Holiday Magic at the Brookfield Zoo
With colorful light displays, decorated christmas trees, and a stop to see Santa and Mrs. Clause, Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic festival is truly magical.

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids
You don't have to wait until midnight to celebrate the new year... these local places host fun events to celebrate New Year's Eve with Kids during the day!

2019 Best Christmas Lights in the West and Southwest Suburbs
All of the best Christmas lights in the Chicago suburbs with addresses, photos and a map. Take a drive or walk through these light displays!

Where to Take Your Kids for Free Photos with Santa
Here's a great list of events in the western suburbs that offer FREE photos with Santa this holiday season. Don't forget your wishlist!

31 Days of December: Your Holiday Bucket List by Day
Make time for fun this December! We have your holiday bucket list outlined by day and also a checklist to make family fun easy this season.

Churches with a Live Nativity for Christmas 2019
During the busy holiday season, watch the true meaning of Christmas come to life at these churches with live nativity services.

2019 Live Christmas Tree Farms: Where to Cut Your Own (or Find a Pre-Cut Tree)
Choosing a Christmas Tree Farm is easy with our jam-packed guide featuring prices, tree selection, location, prices, and more!

Horse-Drawn Carriage and Trolley Rides for Old-Fashioned Holiday Fun
Places to find a horse drawn carriage ride or holiday trolley ride in the southwest and western suburbs. Enjoy the holiday season with some festive rides!

Santa Sighting Alert! Local Spots to See Santa in 2019
Parades, photo ops, festivals... where to see Santa in Chicago's west and southwest suburbs.

Go Green This Halloween: Smash Your Pumpkins on Saturday!

2019 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Chicago Suburbs
Easily find the recommended trick-or-treat hours for your town and surrounding areas in the suburbs of Chicago on this handy list.

2019 Best Decorated Halloween Houses to Drive By and Walk Through
Hop in the car and start a new family tradition to see these best decorated Halloween houses in the suburbs. Many have moving parts, and some feature live actors on special nights! Spooky!